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"Incision in Time"

Works of the Júlio Pomar Atelier-Museum Collection at the Côa Museum

The Côa Museum features an exhibition by Júlio Pomar, curated by Sara Antónia Matos and Pedro Faro, resulting from a partnership between the Côa Park Foundation and the Júlio Pomar Atelier-Museum. It is the first major event at the Côa Museum in 2018, marking the opening of the twentieth anniversary celebrations of the Côa Art as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It will be on display between March 17 and August 5, 2018, in the temporary exhibition rooms of the Côa Museum.

The exhibition integrates a nucleus of engraving by Júlio Pomar allowing to establish a relation with the Côa engravings and, to a certain extent, to justify the affirmation that the artist can be understood as "the contemporaneity" of the engravings of the ancestors of the Côa Valley. The author has already visited the Côa Museum, as well as other prehistoric art sites in Europe. In Júlio Pomar: The Artist Speaks ... Conversations with Sara Antónia Matos and Pedro Faro, Pomar discusses his experiences when discovering Altamira and Lascaux.

"Before the Côa, I had a chance to be in Altamira and Lascaux, when we can still visit the sites. To be frank, I was not betting too much, but it was a sudden shock. Of course, ‘marks’ always have a past dimension... But there was something beyond our temporality, a kind of inscription of an archetype, which is beyond the epochs and which, therefore, becomes a thing always real. I was dazzled by an extraordinary contemporaneity of the gesture, the trace, the volume, a color. "

In the different works of Júlio Pomar, we perceive that the form has an "alchemical power", between the being and the appearing. These are still images that, in this exhibition, inhabit and demonstrate an abundance of existence, a warning about the force of life and, above all, art.

About the Artist:

Júlio Pomar was born in 1926 in Lisbon. He attended the School of Decorative Arts António Arroio and Schools of Fine Arts in Lisbon and Porto. In 1942 he participated in the first group show in Lisbon. He held a first individual event in 1947, in Porto, where he presented drawings. In these years his opposition to the Salazar regime entails a stay of four months in prison, an apprehension of his best paintings by the political police and a concealment of his work with more than 100 m2, made for Cinema Batalha in Oporto. He remained in Portugal until 1963, when he settled in Paris. He currently lives and works in Paris and Lisbon. An Anthology also organized by CAM and presented in Brasilia, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Lisbon.

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